School warning: Eraser challenge

BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) – A dangerous game has shown up in Ohio schools, prompting school officials to notify parents.

Bell Creek Intermediate Principal Mike Baldridge sent out an e-mail Thursday stating that a dozen students had engaged in the “Eraser Challenge”.

It’s described as a game where students take an eraser and begin “erasing” their skin.

Baldridge’s e-mail went on to say “Most students use their hands to do this, however it can be anywhere on their body. The skin is “erased” to the point of blistering and significant open wounds.”

Dr. David Roer with Pediatric Associates of Dayton said games like this can cause serious infections, or worse.

“In some cases, when you look back, some of them were so bad they ended up with amputations of the extremity,” he warns.

The school nurse at Bell Creek talked to the entire fifth grade today at lunch about the dangers of the game, as well as peer pressure.

Doctor Roer also attributed the game’s popularity to peer pressure.

“That’s why they do these games. That’s why they drink, that’s why they smoke. You just have to have enough open discussions with your children to let them know that it’s okay to say no.”

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